Prior convictions leads to jail

PRIOR criminal convictions caught up with a 47-year-old Yamba man yesterday when he was sentenced to six months’ jail.

Scott Webster appeared in court to face a charge of driving with a mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol, but it was an earlier conviction for contravening an apprehended violence order that landed him in jail.

Webster had previously received a suspended jail sentence on the contravene AVO charge but his conviction on the drink driving charge meant he had to be sentenced again on the earlier offence.

Magistrate Kim Pogson said people needed to be aware that a suspended jail sentence was just that – suspended – and if they were caught for other offences during their suspension period, they would be brought back before the court and sentenced again for the previous offence.

Solicitor Mark Spagnolo asked Mr Pogson to consider periodic detention but the magistrate was told by a court officer there were no places available in periodic detention so it was ruled out as an option.

Webster was also fined $1000, ordered to pay $76 in court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months on the drink driving charge.

 A father of two young children was jailed yesterday for 18 months with a non-parole period of 12 months after being convicted of his sixth driving while disqualified offence.

Garry James Wood, 44, was charged with driving while disqualified, driving in a manner dangerous and not stopping when directed. Mr Pogson said Wood could not continue thumbing his nose at court orders.

“It can’t continue,” he said.

“We have to send a message to you and the community.”

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